Think of contemporary Christian music singer Evie (family name Tornquist Karlsson) of the 70’s, Filipino gospel singer Gigi Villa from the 80’s (now Mrs. Gigi Villa Kenney, wife of Pastor John David Kenney based in Jakarta, Indonesia who had a successful music ministry in the United States under the banner Evangeline Ministries), or even Kari Jobe from 2009!
The self-titled debut album from Ava Canaceli has great packaging (great photos and lay-out courtesy of one of her sisters), and great production due in part to a cohesive band that provides her with the instrumentation to complement her sweet soprano voice, and another sister providing back-up vocals in most of the songs. The recording itself is clean with a crisp, clear sound.
But what makes this album stand out are the songs themselves, and the voice delivering the message of hope and love. All the songs were written by Ava between 2010 to 2015, with five of the tracks recorded in 2014, and one recorded this year. The first track is a youthful song reminding one to “take it slow and not rush into relationships”, hence Dahan-dahan Lang. The second track Isang Pintig continues where the first track left off, this time to “savor the relationship until the time comes when the two become one” – marriage as the goal. Whereas the first two tracks are ditties (a.k.a. love songs) and easy on the ears, the third track Paikot-ikot makes you stop and listen. The tempo picks up but is still light and easy on the ears (jazzy a la Sitti), and you are hooked by the chorus, tackling falling in and out of love in a positive tone that leaves you with Last Song Syndrome (LSS). If there was one big ballad on the album, it is the fourth track. Kung Mawala Man Ang Lahat tackles changing circumstances when blessings such as material wealth, dreams, even love relationships are lost and you go through a dry season – would you still sing a song of praise? Everyone can relate to this song. The remaining two tracks, Wala Nang Iba and Para Sayo are praise and worship songs that are adaptable to worship teams and youth choirs.
Good news is that the album contains accompaniment tracks of all the songs, hence the album becomes an invaluable addition to the music library of churches and youth groups, a perfect example of Original Pilipino (Christian) Music.
To order the album:
1. Visit http://facebook.com/avacanaceli page and send a message.
2. Send your order info (format):
Complete name: Complete address: Mobile number: CD Quantity: Amount to Deposit:
***CD cost is P275.00 ***LBC Shipping Fee is P160.00
3. Visit any BPI Bank and deposit the amount to:
Name: Ma. Vanessa Ava Canaceli Account No. 4519-1193-37
4. Scan a copy of your deposited/payment receipt and send it to her.